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Reagan's 1988 Address To Students

In the midst of the recent furor over President Obama's planned address to students on September 8, 2009, I thought it would be appropriate to reprint President Reagan's 1988 address to students. I was there. I watched in German class, and if I recall correctly we were kept an extra period to discuss his address after lunch. It was on every television set in the school, and rightly so: a President choosing to address the students of the Union is an important and rare event.

The fact of it happening is etched in my ninth-grade memory, but the details are a bit fuzzy. Here are those details, reprinted from http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/111488c.htm .

I plan to discuss Reagan's address with my kids on the night of September 8. I will talk with them about how they felt, what they thought, how this affects them, and what their plans are as a result. I will try to inspire in them the desire to be the agents of positive change and leadership in society. I will share this President's humble beginnings -- like the early life of Reagan -- to show them how any American can rise to the highest ranks of leadership in the nation and make it a better place for all of us.

If you are one of those who plan to keep your children home from school on September 8, I submit you are allowing fear to motivate your actions. Your children are smarter than you think; they are probably smarter than you. Teach them to make decisions in light and truth, with full knowledge of the facts in every walk of life. Do not coerce them through ignorance.

matthew's picture

More Nukes! More Nukes!

Yeah. I want one of these for my back yard:


Imagine, a maintenance-free nuclear reactor? Sure, it's for manned space exploration, but dayum it's nice to see a feasible solution.

weed's picture

The Return Of His Rhymeness

It's been too long since I've been too loud
Since I've showed you how to rock the crowd
Movin' the masses with my lyrical wordplay
Wasting your day setting your iPod to replay
My songs over and over and over some more
I invade your ears like you're an aural whore
My name is Weed, the microphone's my bitch
Never smoked up but the names's no glitch

Brian's picture

Tasers are Terror weapons

I keep telling people this, but they don't understand. Tasers HURT. I have been hit with tasers several times in training, and tasers are quite literally torture devices.

The problem is that the stigma of 'Nonlethal weapons' has given Police officers the freedom to use these torture weapons at will and with little to no accountability, and this is a freedom many of them have abused.

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GV User Posting

Last week I started using Google Voice. Way cool. I'm having some early successes with the ease of the interface and the smoothness of releasing a single 10-digit sequence to reach me. All the phones are ringing and I'm starting to group incoming calls.

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10th Anniversary of Leaving DC - Mad Props to Weed

This marks the 10th anniversary of my leaving DC. 10 years ago I moved from the DC area to Nashville, TN to start grad school. Except I didn't make the trek alone.

weed's picture

Dell firmware update broke my MD3000i...kind of

So Dell contacted us a few weeks back and told us they would love to remote into our MD3000i Storage Array (hereby referring to as the "SAN") and update its firmware.

Sure, we told Dell. Love to have ya!

So some scheduling took place, and emails were sent notifying of downtimes, and backups were made, and they day came and Dell updated our firmware.

matthew's picture

Barnson California Vacation: Day 3

For the first time in many, many years, my wife and I are taking a road trip right now. The kids are staying with grandparents for a week and a half, and we decided we wanted to take this time to enjoy one another and take a vacation. We swung through Las Vegas to Bakersfield, and now Santa Cruz. We had a few objectives on this trip: spend as much time together without our kids as we could, and make a memorable trip as cheaply as possible.

matthew's picture

iPhone anti-theft

Slashdot is running a story today about how three geeks attending a Lego convention used the "Find my iPhone" app to recover a stolen iPhone:

Sammy G's picture

I contracted a virus - HELP!

Help!!! I contracted a virus on my PC. Here's how I know. A couple days ago I thought Microsoft's website was down. Then my co-worker told me he received a file from me via physical thumb drive in which his virus protection software alerted that w32/conflicker.worm!nf virus was found on the flashdrive.

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